Sigma Imaging UK is pleased to announce acceptance of three TIPA 2014 awards! The Best Photo Service award has been given to the Sigma Mount Conversion Service, the Best Design Award has been given to the Sigma dp Quattro and the Best Entry Level DSLR Lens has been awarded to the Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM | C.
TIPA 2014 Best Service: Sigma Mount Conversion Service
While photographers might be attracted to a new format or different brand camera, the ownership and investment in legacy lenses of a specific mount may stop them from exploring new options for their image making. The SIGMA Mount Conversion Service offers the opportunity to change the mount on a specific set of SIGMA brand lenses, regardless of the mount, to Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Micro Four thirds and Sony E-mount. Pricing depends on the type and focal length of the original lens. Service details are handled by the local SIGMA representative or distributor within each country, worldwide, and takes from two to four weeks to complete.
TIPA 2014 Best Design: Sigma dp Quattro
It is rare that a company will completely redesign the look and feel of their cameras when bringing forth new and updated sensor technology, but that is what SIGMA has done with their new dp Quattro line-up. The SIGMA dp Quattro is a completely redesigned home for the next generation Foveon X3 “direct image” sensor. Each of the three cameras in the line share form and function, but what sets them apart is that each offers a fixed focal length lens (19mm, 30mm, and 50mm, equivalent to 28mm, 45mm and 75mm respectively) with sensor and lens optimized for each. The unique look, feel and functionality of the camera set it apart from the norm, and are a bold design statement from the company.
Best Entry Level DSLR Lens: Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM | C
The amazingly compact (2.8 x 3.4 inches) and affordable 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM (27-300mm equivalent) lens is exclusively for APS-C sized sensors. It is smaller and lighter than the previous version and offers a closer focusing distance to boot. It also has a newly incorporated SLD glass element plus 3 aspheric elements among its 16 elements, 13 groups construction. The lens incorporates an optical stabilizer (OS) system for those cameras that do not have OS built-in, with automatic panning detection to shift the OS to one axis. It has a close focusing range of about 1.5 feet throughout the focal length range, making it extremely versatile for close-up photography.
TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) is comprised of 28 publications from Europe, South Africa, Canada and the USA. The knowledgeable chief editors and technical editors from these publications form the judging panel for the awards. Photo Imaging has been a prominent part of the TIPA awards since 1991.
Every year, TIPA editors vote for the best photo & imaging products introduced to the market during the previous 12 months. TIPA editors take into account innovation, the use of leading-edge technology, design and ergonomics, ease-of-use, as well as price/performance ratio. Since TIPA member magazines range in content and goals, the award voting process benefits from a wide range of expertise. As a result, the TIPA Awards are bestowed through a majority of votes by very experienced editors.